Elderfield, Otterbourne, Winchester.
April 19th [1866]

MS British Library Add MSS 54920: 152-153

Dear Mr Macmillan,
Thanks. A parcel sent to me on Friday directed not to Winchester, but to Bishopstoke Station would be nearly sure to come in time, but we often have delays at Winchester. I am sending the revise of the preface today.

I will write about the other copies – but I have not time to write out the addresses at this moment. I rather regret the view of Ulm.1 General illustrating of the whole set of books seems to me a very difficult matter. Modern dresses are so hard to manage. How Wives & Daughters is spoilt by its illustrations.2

Do you mean such a history of England and France as could suit very young children, who need the King’s name character an event and a few anecdotes such as they can remember? I could easily do this for France, but I doubt about England because I did nearly such a history long age – which still keeps up a fair sale, and it would be going in the same tracks.

Besides, one cannot write about one’s own country without shewing one’s politics. But France and Spain I could readily do – when I come home, which will I suppose be about the latter part of June. If we come to London it will be about that time but this is very doubtful.

Yours sincerely
C M Yonge

1A proposed illustration for The Dove in the Eagle's Nest.
2Elizabeth Gaskell, Wives and Daughters, was being serialized in the Cornhill Magazine when she died on 12 November 1865; the unfinished novel was published by Smith, Elder in February 1866. The illustrations complained of by CMY were by George du Maurier (1834-1896).
Cite this letter

The Letters of Charlotte Mary Yonge(1823-1901) edited by Charlotte Mitchell, Ellen Jordan and Helen Schinske.

URL to this Letter is: https://c21ch.newcastle.edu.au/yonge/2118/to-alexander-macmillan-75

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